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I like Dan Brown books.
They're quite a guilty pleasure
Just don't tell my friends
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Quote of the night: "'Yes' is actually from a frozen semen litter - her sire died 20 years ago.". Thanks for sharing, Dave.
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OMG, this is the cutest video ever! I can only hope this is what happens between my baby and my dogs:
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Have you ever noticed that Punxatawney Phil sees his shadow every freakin' year? Yeah. That's what happens when you turn a quaint old tradition into a ridiculous media circus that scares the poor thing half to death. What else do you expect? Please. Of course, it's still a great movie, but alas, my days off are so busy trying to catch up from my days on that I don't have time to watch TV.
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I had my first appointment with my obstetrician today. i had met with her NP, but this was my first time meeting her, and I can see why she was recommended to me. She was telling me that the doctors in her practice tend to attract certain patient "types" - like one of the guys has a lot of doctors for patients who tend to be very high-maintenance. She says she attracts "nice" patients, and the other doctor said that they're all schoolteachers married to firefighters. i guess I'm close enough to that! And I think I'm pretty low-maintenance. I figured this out last night while reading "Your Complete Organic Pregnancy". The more I read, the more I was like, WTF, are you kidding me? Maybe I'm not being cautious enough, but the book says not to pump your own gas while you're pregnant because gas contains benzene. It also recommends driving around with your windows open for "ventilation". In 15 degree weather? Forget it! It goes on to scare moms-to-be away from things like shampoo and deodorant because they contain potential carcinogens! Please. Then I read a couple of "vignettes" by unbelievably Type-A mothers about how you should only eat local food. I concluded that I'm going to be a terrible mother because really, I can't be bothered worrying about whether the plastic water bottle I'm drinking out of is going to interrupt my estrogen. These people would have a heart attack if they saw where I work - a place with no windows and constant exposure to - gasp! - germs! I'm sure they'd recommend I quit my job. Would that I had that luxury (and even if I did, I do like being a nurse at least sometimes, although I think I could stand to do a little less of it!). I don't think I'll be reading that book again.

I'd actually met a midwife at my church who works at a birthing center in Cambridge, and I'd considered going there to have the baby instead. My understanding is that epidurals are the standard of care at the hospital I'm going to, which means a catheter and and IV, which I'd rather not have. Midwives tend to be less interventional, and I think if I'd met her sooner, I'd probably have gone there, but I've already picked a great hospital (which happens to be attached to Children's Hospital) and I really like my doctor. Of course, there's no guarantee that she'll do the actual delivery, but there are A LOT of appointments before then. Besides, I'm already scheduled for my ultrasound 4 weeks from today. This whole process is a lot more stressful than I thought it would be.
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Looks like I've once again placed myself outside of full communion of Christ's Church and under judgement of divine law. Fortunately, the God I know doesn't roll like that. Someone should remind Fr. Newman that it's Christ's church and not Fr. Newman's church. Do these people actually read the Gospel???? Because I read about a Christ who loves and does not condemn. There's a place at the table for everyone, my friends (to paraphrase John McCain, who also has a place at the Table along with people who voted for him). I'm so sick of being told by my more orthodox brothers and sisters that there's no place for me at the Table. If the pope wants a "Smaller, purer church", I'm not going to give it to him. Jesus says I don't have to.

At the Call to Action conference last weekend, the congregation as a whole consecrates the Eucharist (yes, that's right, as in we all say, "On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus took the bread, broke it, handed it to His disciples and said, "Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you" etc). I can't tell you how powerful this is. I can't remember being moved to tears by the liturgy like I was at CTA. It may be heretical and I may be excommunicated one of these days, but you can't separate me from the Body of Christ.
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On October 21, 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith sent a letter to the Maryknoll community stating that Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest of 36 years, has 30 days to recant his belief and statement of public support of women's ordination or he will be automatically excommunicated. Fr. Roy Bourgeois attended and gave the homily during the ordination ceremony of Roman Catholic Womenpriest, Janice Sevre-Duszynska, which took place on August 9 in Lexington, Ky.

Father Bourgeois is the well-known founder of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch, a group whose annual nonviolent protests in Fort Benning, Ga. draws more than 15,000 thousand activists to close the U.S. military's training base, known as the SOA, now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Below is Father Bourgeois' letter of response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

November 7, 2008


I was very saddened by your letter dated October 21, 2008, giving me 30 days to recant my belief and public statements that support the ordination of women in our Church, or I will be excommunicated.

I have been a Catholic priest for 36 years and have a deep love for my Church and ministry.

When I was a young man in the military, I felt God was calling me to the priesthood. I entered Maryknoll and was ordained in 1972.

Over the years I have met a number of women in our Church who, like me, feel called by God to the priesthood. You, our Church leaders at the Vatican, tell us that women cannot be ordained.

With all due respect, I believe our Catholic Church's teaching on this issue is wrong and does not stand up to scrutiny. A 1976 report by the Pontifical Biblical Commission supports the research of Scripture scholars, canon lawyers and many faithful Catholics who have studied and pondered the Scriptures and have concluded that there is no justification in the Bible for excluding women from the priesthood.

As people of faith, we profess that the invitation to the ministry of priesthood comes from God. We profess that God is the Source of life and created men and women of equal stature and dignity. The current Catholic Church doctrine on the ordination of women implies our loving and all-powerful God, Creator of heaven and earth, somehow cannot empower a woman to be a priest.

Women in our Church are telling us that God is calling them to the priesthood. Who are we, as men, to say to women, "Our call is valid, but yours is not." Who are we to tamper with God's call?

Sexism, like racism, is a sin. And no matter how hard or how long we may try to justify discrimination, in the end, it is always immoral.

Hundreds of Catholic churches in the U.S. are closing because of a shortage of priests. Yet there are hundreds of committed and prophetic women telling us that God is calling them to serve our Church as priests.

If we are to have a vibrant, healthy Church rooted in the teachings of our Savior, we need the faith, wisdom, experience, compassion and courage of women in the priesthood.

Conscience is very sacred. Conscience gives us a sense of right and wrong and urges us to do the right thing. Conscience is what compelled Franz Jagerstatter, a humble Austrian farmer, husband and father of four young children, to refuse to join Hitler's army, which led to his execution. Conscience is what compelled Rosa Parks to say she could no longer sit in the back of the bus. Conscience is what compels women in our Church to say they cannot be silent and deny their call from God to the priesthood. Conscience is what compelled my dear mother and father, now 95, to always strive to do the right things as faithful Catholics raising four children. And after much prayer, reflection and discernment, it is my conscience that compels me to do the right thing. I cannot recant my belief and public statements that support the ordination of women in our Church.

Working and struggling for peace and justice are an integral part of our faith. For this reason, I speak out against the war in Iraq. And for the last eighteen years, I have been speaking out against the atrocities and suffering caused by the School of the Americas (SOA). Eight years ago, while in Rome for a conference on peace and justice, I was invited to speak about the SOA on Vatican Radio. During the interview, I stated that I could not address the injustice of the SOA and remain silent about injustice in my Church. I ended the interview by saying, "There will never be justice in the Catholic Church until women can be ordained." I remain committed to this belief today.

Having an all male clergy implies that men are worthy to be Catholic priests, but women are not.

According to USA TODAY (Feb. 28, 2008) in the United States alone, nearly 5,000 Catholic priests have sexually abused more than 12,000 children. Many bishops, aware of the abuse, remained silent. These priests and bishops were not excommunicated. Yet the women in our Church who are called by God and are ordained to serve God's people, and the priests and bishops who support them, are excommunicated.

Silence is the voice of complicity. Therefore, I call on all Catholics, fellow priests, bishops, Pope Benedict XVI and all Church leaders at the Vatican, to speak loudly on this grave injustice of excluding women from the priesthood.

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated because of his defense of the oppressed. He said, "Let those who have a voice, speak out for the voiceless."

Our loving God has given us a voice. Let us speak clearly and boldly and walk in solidarity as Jesus would, with the women in our Church who are being called by God to the priesthood.

In Peace and Justice,

Rev. Roy Bourgeois,

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...and I have to say, though I don't think McCain would have done a bad job, I'm excited to bring a child into the world during an Obama presidency.

On another note, there are people driving down Washington St. in Roslindale beeping their horns. On the way home from work, we passed a small gang group of "urban" youths standing at a bus stop waving and whooping and pumping their fists in the air at the cars going by. I have to say, I'm quite impressed. I think it's safe to assume that this is an unprecedented event for a presidential election. I guess people just missed their World Series chance this year. It's impressive that young, somewhat disenfranchised people are getting as excited about this as they would be about a big sports win.

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Just got home from one of the best weekends I've had in a while. Ray and I went to Maine because we had tickets last night to the Great Big Sea show in Portland. I figure that this fetus/embryo or whatever it is (I know, I'm a nurse, I should know these things, but I'm Catholic and I'm only supposed to know that life begins at conception ;-)) is already nine weeks old and it's never too early to introduce him/her to some good music and culture. It is 1/8 Newfie, after all (and 100% Canuck-American since both Ray's relatives and mine came from the Great White North -his from Quebec and mine from the Maritimes). Crap. I just realized that I'm destined to be a hockey mom. Better go buy some lipstick...Anyway, the show was absolutely fantastic - it could only have been better if they did "Rant and Roar" and "Captain Kidd" which are two of my favorites. But since most of their songs are pretty much my favorites, it didn't matter. Besides, they did those two on the Cape last year. This show was WAY better than the Cape. Our seats were great, and there was much more sort of conversation and talking to each other and the audience in that endearing, self-deprecating Canadian tone. They started off the second set with only bouzouki and button accordion playing "Planxty Irwin" (a traditional instrumental that isn't on any of their albums as far as I know) and added instruments as they moved from song to song. Each of the guys in the band easily plays two or three instruments, and they all sing. In fact, some of their best stuff is a capella. I'm not sure if it's because it was their second-to-last night, but they did like three encores, including Alan Doyle doing a beautiful solo "Boston and St. John's". I never get sick of their music. Top the whole night off with fish and chips at Bull Feeney's and it was pretty much a perfect date. The fish and chips would have gone great with beer, though!
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